Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis


  • Sharp heel pain, often localised to the bottom and/or inside margin of the heel.
  • Pain often worse on arising in the morning and after rest.
  • Aggravated by prolonged weight bearing and ambulation.


Plantar fasciitis is sometimes known by an old-fashioned term ‘Policeman’s heel’ or ‘policeman’s foot’. The origin’s of this term are unknown but probably refers to a time in the past when there was higher than average prevalence of plantar fasciitis amongst policemen, and the job of a policeman itself was seen as the cause of this heel pain.

With the reduction of policemen ‘pounding the beat’ and an increased reliance on the cars as a means of transport the term Policeman’s heel is now a misnomer, as there is no modern evidence to suggest that certain occupational groups who walk a lot such as the police, or postal workers are more prone to plantar fasciitis. The only possible exception being new police recruits who find themselves suddenly undertaking unaccustomed levels of walking causing inflammation to the plantar fascia.

With well over five years of Plantar Fasciitis cryosurgery behind us, and almost 1000 cryosurgery treatments carried out, we are now the most experienced Podiatric cryosurgery clinic outside of North America.

If you have heel pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis or foot neuroma and are seeking a cure or remedy for this painful condition, we can offer Cryosurgery treatment for Plantar Fasciitis at our clinics in Sheffield, UK